The TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards take place tonight 12th April at University Concert Hall, Limerick.  Over the last few weeks Tradconnect has celebrated the awards with a series or articles, news and interviews.  These articles are gathered together below.

It was early in February this year when the recipients were announced at a ceremony in Dublin.  TG4 Deputy CEO Pádhraic Ó Ciardha said that "the Gradam Ceoil is unique in honouring a wide array of major figures in Irish traditional music during their lifetime and away from the competition platform".  This years awards went to Harry Bradley ( Traditional musician of the year ), Bryan O' Leary ( Young traditional musician of the year ), Mick O Brien, Aoife O’Brien and Emer Mayock ( Musical collaboration ), Nan Tam Taimín de Búrca ( Traditional singer of the year), Chris Droney ( Hall of fame ) and Mick Moloney ( Outstanding contribution ). 

The following is a collection of articles relating to this years awards. 

Gradam Ceoil TG4 : Interview with Mick Moloney

In a recent telephone conversation with Joanie Madden our discussion turned to this year’s Gradam Ceoil recipients and Mick Moloney in particular.  Joanie and Mick go back a long way, and she more than anyone is very aware of his significant contribution to Irish traditional music in the US over a period of 40 years.  During our conversation she spoke so enthusiastically about Mick’s work that it became immediately clear that we, on this side of the water, are a bit in the dark on this matter.  Congratulations must go to TG4 and their independent committee who saw fit to honour Mick.

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6 previously unseen live performances from Gradam Ceoil TG4 - 1998 to 2014

In March of this year we also posted up an article that looked at the success of many of our past young musicians of the year. We highlighted the fact that many have made a major impact on the traditional music scene of late, releasing albums of great quality.  With the assistance of TG4 we have unearthed 5 performances from years gone by that feature some of these musicians.  These are clips from Gradam Ceoil concerts over the years and they have not previously been seen.  They feature Caoimhín Ó Fearghail, Edel Fox, Fiddlesticks, Liam O' Connor, Méabh O' Hare, Pádraic Keane

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Gradam Ceoil TG4 : Interview with Mick O' Brien on the Goodman Project

This year the TG4 Gradam Ceoil awards have introduced a new category into their annual award ceremony.  It celebrates the idea of collaboration in traditional music and the first recipients are a trio of musicians who’ve had the foresight to see new opportunity in some very old music. The musicians involved are Mick O’Brien – pipes, Emer Mayock – flute and Aoife Ní Bhriain – fiddle.  That music was contained within the Goodman manuscripts which had lain unpublished for 130 years. Their decision to release an album that showcased this marvellous collection of music resulted in one of the best recordings of 2013.

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Gradam Ceoil TG4 Line-up announced + New Videos of Harry Bradley and others

TG4 have just announced the line-up for Gradam Ceoil TG4 Awards 2014 and it looks likely to be one of the best award ceremonies in recent years.  It takes place on 12th April this year in University Concert Hall, Limerick.  Over the last few weeks we have been talking to many of the recipients and we have already posted interviews with Harry Bradley and Bryan O' Leary.  We also plan to talk to Mick O’ Brien and Mick Maloney over the coming weeks.   Mick O’ Brien won a new collaborative award for his Tunes from the Goodman Collection album with Emer Mayock and Aoife Ní Bhriain, and Mick Maloney won a special award for his contribution to traditional Irish music over the years.

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Gradam Ceoil TG4 : Interview with Bryan O' Leary

Talking to Bryan O’ Leary is a refreshing experience and his respect for both his music and his community is evident from the outset.  In 10 years or so he has gone from novice to seasoned musician with alarming pace.  This is all the more impressive when you realise that as a youngster his inclination was for the football field rather than the music room.  Weekend trips to Milltown and other such gatherings of musicians seemed unlikely to change that. Fate and circumstance however had other plans for Bryan and a talent that no doubt remains dormant in many of our youth was awoken. Sadly, it took a major event to awaken the musician within him and in exchange a giant of traditional music had to pass on. 

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Gradam Ceoil TG4 : Interview with Harry Bradley

One thing that can be said about Harry Bradley is his unyielding dedication to traditional music.  From his childhood in Belfast in the 70’s and 80’s when playing traditional music would have taken extra resolve compared with the present day,  he has steadfastly contributed more than most.  This dedication to his art has stuck with him down through all those years and in many ways supports his creative and forthright view of the tradition.  His output is equally impressive with four solo flute albums, a duet recording with Paul O' Shaughnessy and a trio album with Jesse Smith (fiddle) and John Blake (guitar/piano/flute) entitled The Tap Room Trio. 

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Gradam Ceoil TG4 : 16 Years, 79 awards and Young Musicians making their mark

Between now and 12th April we will be featuring a number of articles that celebrate The Gradam Ceoil TG4 Awards.  They are Ireland's traditional Oscars and arguably the highlight of the traditional music year.  There won't be the red carpet shenanigans that go with all things Hollywood.  Much grander than that, there will be a gathering of our best musicians for a night that will live long in the memory.  The presentation ceremony takes place on 12th April in University of Limerick and will be broadcast on TG4 on 20th April which is Easter Sunday night.  It promises a fantastic line up that will feature not only this year’s recipients but also a wealth of additional talent making an appearance on the night.  Gradam Ceoil TG4 came into being in 1998 and since then it has handed out 79 awards.

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Gradam Ceoil 2014 : Honouring our finest Traditional Musicians 

Youthful endeavour and decade long contribution and achievements were once again honoured at The Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield, Dublin last night. Gradam Ceoil, Ireland's foremost award in traditional Irish music took centre stage in the unveiling of this year’s recipients.  TG4 Deputy CEO Pádhraic Ó Ciardha said that "the Gradam Ceoil is unique in honouring a wide array of major figures in Irish traditional music during their lifetime and away from the competition platform"  TG4 are likewise "delighted to organise, sponsor and broadcast this well-deserved recognition for extraordinary and talented artists who bring beauty to our lives with their music and are a source of pride to us all,”

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This year’s awards ceremony and Gradam Ceoil TG4 Concert will take place in the University Concert Hall, Limerick on Saturday, 12th April.   The concert, hosted by Páidí Ó Lionáird and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, will see the 2014 Gradam recipients joined on stage by their special musical guests. Sibéal Teo have produced the show and it will be recorded for broadcast by TG4 on Easter Sunday, April 20th at 9.30pm with Niamh Ni Bhaoill in the producer seat.  They promise a unique, star-studded line-up of musicians and award-presenters alike.  For more information visit


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